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Harris outlines plans
to spruce up Waikiki

A rebuilt Natatorium with aquatic shows
is among the mayor’s goals

By Russ Lynch
Star-Bulletin

The Waikiki Natatorium should be rebuilt into a public swimming pool and handed over to nonprofit operators to run aquatic shows and other revenue-producing activities at night, says Mayor Jeremy Harris.

Harris promised tourism executives yesterday he will get the job done by mid-1998 but acknowledged he will need financing approval from the City Council.

Acknowledging Waikiki's prime role in tourism, Harris told the Waikiki/Oahu Visitors Association he will fight crime and clean up the area and he wants private industry to play a major role in maintaining the area when the improvements are complete.

Without disclosing what they will cost, Harris told some 400 members of the Oahu chapter of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau that the budget he'll propose to Council members next week will call for:

Stripping Kalakaua of its "freeway" lighting, the overhanging rust-colored light fixtures installed as part of former Mayor Frank Fasi's beautification program, and replacing the deteriorating lights with something new.

Installing surveillance television camera at key points, particularly along Kuhio Avenue, to discourage drug dealing and other crimes.

Building one-person police kiosks, similar to Japan's "kobans," at six key spots in Waikiki but staffing them with volunteer civilian "auxiliary police" to help visitors and residents. Their crime prevention would come through cellular telephones linked directly to the police.

Tearing down and rebuilding the Waikiki police station at Kuhio Beach and turning it into a beach center with a police station, food businesses and a tourist-assistance station.

Tearing down the bandstand in Kapiolani Park and replacing it with a new Victorian-era structure and grass mounds for hula dancers.




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